Student Opportunity Announcements

Graduate Student Position, Marine Environmental Genomics

Marine Environmental Genomics has emerged as a new and exciting field that seeks to understand how marine community composition and gene function are influenced by environmental conditions while accounting for variability within natural populations. We are a phytoplankton ecophysiology and genomics lab in the UNC Marine Sciences Department seeking a highly motivated graduate student to join our group. The graduate student will be expected to work as part of a team to analyze large sequence datasets from eukaryotic and prokaryotic plankton communities within a dynamic coastal estuary obtained by high-throughput sequencing technologies. A primary aim of the project is to integrate specific contextual environmental data to facilitate a large comparative metatranscriptomic study and ecological network analysis. Desired skills include knowledge of the unix/linux command line, and computer languages such as R, Python,  Perl, and biostatistical approaches. Suitable backgrounds for applicants include marine sciences, biology, environmental sciences, biostatistics, bioinformatics or computational sciences-related fields. For further information about the lab, visit our website at The graduate student has the option of applying through the Department of Marine Sciences ( or the Curriculum of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ( To be considered for a UNC Graduate School fellowship, applications to the UNC Graduate School ( are due by December 17th, 2013. Please contact Dr. Adrian Marchetti ( for further information.